Council drops plan to move family after local protests
Published 14/12/2011 | 05:00
A LOCAL authority has abandoned plans to re-house a family in a rural community because of the hostile reaction they received.
Residents of Myshall, Co Carlow, were furious at Carlow County Council over its decision to re-locate a family to a cottage they purchased for them in the area.
Gardai, the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the council felt they would benefit from being moved out of their home town and into a new area.
When Myshall residents discovered a house had been purchased in the parish for the family, they mounted a round-the-clock protest outside the cottage at Ballaghmore.
They also complained that the authorities were "exporting a problem" to their community.
Up to 100 villagers were involved in the protest outside the house to prevent the council from moving the family into Myshall from Bagenalstown.
The family was due to move into the house last Friday, but the council was forced to put them up in a bed and breakfast following the protest.
Residents entered discussions with the council yesterday and the local authority had to back down in its stance.
The council has now agreed that no one will move into the house before the end of April. Residents will also be consulted before any decision is made on who moves into the house.
The council issued a brief statement last night to confirm the deferral of its decision.
"The deferral relates to housing need, remedial work and community concern," it said.
A spokesman for the council would not comment further -- and did not answer questions on where the family was staying in the interim.
Myshall residents said they were "happy the council saw the light" after the U-turn.
"We are ordinary people who stood up for ourselves. We fought a good fight and now the picket has been withdrawn," a spokesman for the residents said.